Create a robot

Get your child to create their own robot by combining a range of 2D shapes and 3D objects. The most important thing you can do during this activity is to talk with your child about the features of 2D shapes and 3D objects that matter (the number of sides, lines and vertices) and those that don't (colour and orientation).

Things you need

  • Thick paper or cardboard
  • Glue or sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Colouring pencils.

The challenge

Step 1

Get your child to draw various shapes onto cardboard or thick paper. The shapes will make up the different parts of their robot’s body.

Examples include:

  • triangles for the nose
  • quadrilaterals for the eyes and legs
  • pentagon for the arms
  • hexagons for the feet
  • octagons for the body, and
  • circles for the cheeks..

Step 2

Help your child cut out their shapes.

Step 3

Now, use the shapes to start to form their robot.

Step 4

Finally, encourage your child to decorate their robot to make it their own, and give it a name. They might even want to write a story about their amazing robot.

The conversation

As your child is drawing shapes, encourage them to notice its particular features:

  • the number of sides
  • the number of vertices ('corners')
  • the different types of 2D shapes and 3D objects. For example quadrilaterals can be rectangles, squares, trapeziums, rhombus and parallelograms
  • the similarities and differences between different types of 2D shapes and 3D objects.

After the activity, challenge your child to spot their robot's shapes in their bedroom, on a walk, or on their way to school.

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